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JDiskReport – A free folder size listing tool

There’s a lot of people out there that are a little perturbed that the new versions of Windows (Vista & 7) doesn’t support an option to view the size of each folder. There never really was this option for Windows right out of the box. Instead you usually had to download a program like FolderSize and once installed it would provide a column for you to be able to see the size of each folder.  This is very handy as it allows admins to be able to quickly view where all the space on their computers is being taken up.  Low and beholdFolderSize is not an option with the new Windows versions, as I mentioned before, since the shell is completely different for these newer OSs.

In comes JDiskReport, a free Java based tool, that will save the day and is pretty impressive for such a lightweight app.  It gives users the ability to scan an entire drive, or individual folders with all their subfolders attached.  It comes back with some pretty graphs which you can change from pie to bar and even ring and a detailed listing.  While hovering over the sections of the graphs you get more information that what’s initially displayed.  It lists the files in different categories including by size (duh), the top 50 biggest files, size distribution like how many files are x size, when modified, and by file types.

This tool is very robust and comes highly recommended by me as it’s been an extremely useful tool to find out what’s happening on my drives.  If you’re ever in need of knowing just how much space is being eaten up by files on your drives, use this tool, it’s definitely a winner!

Animal Planet, the new MTV

Over the years I’ve enjoyed watching Discovery Channel’s Animal Planet.  They’ve always had quality shows that were entertaining and equally educational… until recently.  Most of Animal Planet’s shows are still very good but they are starting to go the way of MTV or other channels that lose value by showing practically anything.  One of the shows that I have a huge problem with is Whale Wars.  This show advocates a bunch well thought individuals that have absolutely no clue what they are doing.  They have next to no professional skills and rarely do they think things through.  For example, they hastily celebrate their minor victories but at the same time neglect to maintain their equipment.  They let one of their speed boats get ran over and destroyed only to lose 1000’s of dollars.  They let one of their other boats float away over night because they didn’t tie it down properly whilst they celebrated their simple victory of a good day. When they recovered the speed boat, they proceeded to destroy the prop on the rocks it floated up next to.

There are plenty of other shows on Animal Planet that are great, however this one is just plain horrible. I wouldn’t shed a tear if they decided to cancel the series. I don’t believe in killing whales for “research” as the Japanese put it. Nor do I accept killing them for the real reason which is eating them. If our world is in short supply of whales, we owe it to Gaia to make sure her animals are safe. But watching a bunch of buffoons run rampant in the ocean is not my idea of saving the whales. It’s just creating more havoc and putting people in difficult and sometimes dangerous situations.

How to make a Quick Gel Ice Pack | eHow.com

How to make a Quick Gel Ice Pack | eHow.com.

What a great idea!!!  I’ve been having lower back pain for many years now and it’s gotten to the point where it’s very painful to even walk around or get up from a sitting position.  I started looking around on the internet to find and purchase an ice pack and came across this article.  It describes a way of quickly making your own gel ice pack.  So if you’re ever in need of an ice pack for any reason, use this method.  I can safely say that it works.  I had Kathy make these based on the recipe and I’m using one right now.  I just wrap it in a paper towel so it’s not directly contacting my skin.  And sure enough it is completely malleable and very cold.  This will be a cheap, quick solution to buying ice packs.

I went one step further and asked Kathy to make a pouch out of old t-shirts so I can zip up the ice pack in the pouch.  This way I don’t have to use a paper towel that slides around and the cloth provides a little bit more protection.  What’s more, since it’s made out of the cotton t-shirt it’s very comfortable. Yeah, I’m sure that

All I want for Christmas is…

As I’m thinking of ideas for Christmas, I’ll post them here. So in the even anyone ever reads my webpage can see what I want and decide what to get me.

-Metroid: Other M (Wii)
-Dead Rising 2 (PS3)
-Castlevania: Lords of Shadow (PS3)
-Reisen’s (Choco Candy)
-…more to come

Twilight Princess – Check!

Over the years there have been a few games that have kept me coming back wanting to play their sequels and Nintendo has made some very good games in this department. I’ve played a majority of the long running titles like Mario Bros., Metroids, and Zeldas. Well this week marks a milestone for me. I’ve finally conquered the Wii game “The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess” I started playing this game back in 2006 or 2007 shortly after it came out on the Nintendo GameCube but only made it about a 1/3 of the way through and haven’t played it since.

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Moving from Outlook to Google

My friend Rick is planning on starting up a small, side business repairing computers for his neighborhood. Of course he wants to start up a website to help advertise his services. I mentioned to him that I was interested in helping him create the site and between us we have a ton of ideas for the site. He knows what he wants and I can help him with the technicalities.

He recently asked me if there were a way to show his Outlook calendar on his new website. I believe he wants to do this so he can keep track of his schedule and appointments. This got me thinking. I recently moved from Outlook to Google to make this sort of thing possible and very easy to view and manage. So I decided to make this article to discuss the points about why you would want to do this. In a later article I may write up a how-to for people out there looking to do something like this. Continue Reading

Consolidating my life!

Recently my family made the move out to AZ with me from IL.  We moved from a 2 story house with 3 bedrooms and a full basement to a 2 bedroom apartment with no basement.  So of course we have a ton of stuff that we cant keep in the apartment.  What’s more, we have to continue renting storage space so we can keep the rest of our stuff that doesn’t fit in the apartment.  We started off by moving half of our effects in both locations, moving what we thought we would need in each respective location.  However after we started unpacking the boxes in the apartment we soon discovered we had more stuff we didn’t need that should have went to storage.  Of course the same was true of the stuff that was in storage however we had our storage space almost completely full and to the point that we couldn’t even take a step into the compartment because there was just so much crap it blocked the doorway.  We’ve since gone back and reorganized the storage space so it’s easier to access things. Continue Reading

Game Preview – Castlevania: Lords of Shadow

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Various

If there is one game that I’m very excited about it’s this one!!!  I’ve followed this series since its creation, back in 1987 on the original Nintendo Entertainment System (NES).  It was a fabulous game back then and the series is finally getting better after attempting the 3D route and failing miserably.  I will admit the PlayStation 3D titles were pretty darn good, but the Nintendo 64 versions were just outright hideous.  After watching the latest trailer from E3 and seeing some of the game play, this game looks gorgeous and appears to have some unoriginal but tried and true game play.  It takes it’s main fighting style from a game that did it right, God of War.  In fact, there are a bunch of games out that use the same fighting style because it works so well.  Not only does it use God of War style fighting, but it also draws from other noticeable games.  One game in particular I have fallen in love with for it’s visuals as well as story and game play is Shadow of the Colossus.   The protagonist in this Castlevania game climbs up a giant so in some areas it looks to play the same as SotC.  You know the old saying, “Imitation is a form of flattery,” well this looks like it’s going to do a damn fine job of it!

What’s more, since Castlevania is made by Konami (in my opinion one of the greatest gaming developers/producers in video game history), and Hideo Kojima one of the greatest game developers who works for Konami, he has his studio working with the Castlevania developers.  This should turn out to be the one of the best of its series yet.  I can’t wait until it releases!   It’s still unknown what the release date is, however it’s projected in the fall of 2010, so very soon!